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Sir George Trevelyan


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10  The Polluted Planet and the Living Spirit


A BRIEF LOOK around us compels us to admit that "Spaceship Earth" is in a bad way; and it is we men who have upset the balance. It seemed to us once that the resources available to us were infinite and inexhaustible. Now, to our chagrin, we are discovering that we are consuming "capital" at an alarming rate. We are using up the world, and polluting it into the bar gain. Aware of this ominous prospect, some of us feel that we have seen the "writing on the wall".

The purely materialistic view of life is obliged increasingly to acknowledge apparently insurmountable problems. In contrast to that position stands the spiritual world view. This view entails a universe shot through and suffused with living Creative Intelligence and Being. Creative Spirit is recognised as the origin and source of all things, and from it the phenomenal world is derived. We come to discern the reality of a great Oneness of Absolute Being, which has divided its unity into subordinate hierarchical levels. These provide the archetypal ideas from which material forms have been poured into manifestation. "In the beginning was the Word." Until recently, people have tacitly assumed that matter was the primary reality and that the universe was a dead mechanism. Now our collective consciousness is being flooded with an alternative realisation – that spirit is primary and that the great Oneness interpenetrates the temporal world in all its diversity.

This basic hypothesis can obviously be applied to any aspect of life. Let us now apply it to the great threat of our age, pollution. Our first witness will be the astronaut Edgar Mitchell. In the following passage, he describes his first glimpse of earth after orbiting behind the moon:
We, too, more simply but no less validly, can explore space, simply by reaching up in imaginative meditation. In inner stillness, the consciousness is lifted above the atmosphere of earth. We move up, into the velvet darkness of the sky beneath the "majestical roof fretted with golden fire", and, floating in orbit beyond the pull of gravity, look down upon the turning earth in its beauty. It is not difficult to feel its organic life, to see it as a creature of the cosmos, an organism imbued with sentience, to conceive of it as a living Whole, capable of inhaling and exhaling the life forces and energies of space, with a bloodstream of magnetic and etheric currents and points of power and light like glands, or chakras, in its surface. Every cell has its core of energy and spirit, while the whole earth has its consciousness and is full of vital energy. Yet in that layer of highly evolved consciousness which surrounds it, that "centre which we call the race of men", evolution has become conscious of itself. Mind in man responds to mind in the universe and yearns for union with it. We men, integrally part of our mother earth, are her faculty of thought. And mankind has reached that stage in its development that allows consciousness to be expanded, enabling thought to blend with the higher intelligences. This is what, in our small way, we are approaching in meditation and creative imagining. Indeed, it is unlikely that we can imagine anything which does not on some level already exist as a precipitation of divine imagining.

Thus, as a mental exercise, we can create a higher plane. In our tenuous subtle body, we can walk a landscape of equally tenuous substance, but one that is also beautiful and filled with light. Through meditation, we can move in those regions the soul visits in sleep, and in which it sojourns after death. Space is filled with myriad levels of being and consciousness, all interpenetrating. "In My Father's house are many mansions...". To conceive reality in this imaginative way instils in us a vision of earth as an organism within ever greater organisms, and the whole alive. Everything is ultimately spirit, in different conditions of density. Space exploration in our age need not only be by rocket; it can also be through lifted consciousness across the frequency bands.

From the perspective of a spiritual being, let us look down upon Earth. What is going wrong? Why is it so dark? Why can the higher worlds no longer make contact? In part because man, through his intellectual development during the last few centuries, has cut himself off from the whole to which he truly belongs. He has lost all knowledge, all recollection, of the reality of higher worlds and of the hierarchy of planes of being. He has lost both spirit and God. To the supernal spiritual perspective, therefore, the world appears dark and silent. Intellectual, self-conscious, self-sufficient man has misplaced all sense of his real purpose in it. Cut off from his spiritual source, satisfied with the brilliance of his investigations into physical nature, he becomes a denier of the spirit and believes the universe to be a vast dead mechanism. Conceiving himself to be a chance accident in evolution, he feels entitled, for his own advantage and greater glory, to exploit what he deems to be the dead mineral body of the planet. An ungrateful and spoiled child, he has lost all recollection that this is his mother earth, his true mother, an ensouled creature, and that he is part of it, as a blood corpuscle is integrally part of an organism. Failing to apprehend the miracle of interrelatedness in the complex balance of all nature, he rapes the earth in his ignorance, arrogance and greed.

Looking down from a spiritual dimension, we can experience and appreciate the marvellous harmony of earth life. We can discern the incredible complexity of the pattern and how, in all its diversity, it is a working unity, delicately poised in its constant movement. It has been said that Earth is a planet of wisdom, and that it is the task of man to transform it, during the coming epoch, into a planet of love. But when we compare the chaos of our emotional life with the beauty of the working of natural law, we must confess that we have yet a long way to go. We can see how man is integrally part of the oneness of nature, yet we watch him acting as if he were an outcast alien in a nature wholly indifferent to him – not realising that he himself is responsible for that indifference. We watch him polluting air and water and soil and recklessly planning to release radiations which he will never manage to control, yet which he knows may do irreparable damage.

From our hypothetical vantage point – that of a spiritual being among other such beings – we know by direct vision that the harmony of the complex life pattern on earth is not an isolated phenomenon, but part of the life structure of energies in the cosmos. The solar system, the whole universe, all that can be conceived, is a spiritual organism. From distant galaxies, energies can be released which are instinct with intelligence and with love. We can therefore appreciate that a man-made catastrophe on earth would be retrograde to all cosmic life and evolution. We know that man is a great experiment of the divine world, a project or blueprint for developing a spiritual being able to sustain the responsibility of free will and evolve into both co-creator and friend of God. We also witness the culmination of an epoch, with the step into widened consciousness looming ever more imminent. And we watch with anxiety lest, so near his goal, man destroys himself, unable to transcend his egotistical greed. Nevertheless, scattered groups and individuals are beginning to recognise their true spiritual nature and strive towards union with their higher selves. As this occurs, and as the cry for help and contact with spirit rises upwards, the darkened planet begins again to glow in points and centres devoted to meditation and communion with higher realities. Through such centres, the power of the living spirit can be earthed. Their light constitutes an invocation to the redemptive forces of Light.

The High Intelligences of the universe are working for the harmony of all life, and will not tolerate the condition of an errant Earth fraught with discord, hatred and negative emotion. Thus there is a readiness to make contact with man wherever and whenever he shows himself open and sufficiently awake. And, if we can accept the evidence for continuing consciousness and individuality after so-called death, the picture becomes brighter still. Our friends and colleagues, who, while on earth, were concerned with the issues of planetary conservation, will still be capable of throwing their weight into the rescue operation. Their effect, through a telepathic influence on our own thinking, must not be discounted. The work continues from both planes, and the whole movement is not weakened, but strengthened when some influential figure moves on to operate from a level of widened consciousness.

In confronting the problems of pollution, we must never lose sight of earth's place as a living organism in a living cosmos. It is from this implicit foundation that the new science of ecology endeavours to explore the intricate balance and interrelationship of all life. For the first time, intellectual understanding is beginning to grasp how the planet's organism works as one in all its complex diversity. And ecology drives home all the more emphatically the appalling things we are doing to the world we inhabit. There is no need to describe them here in any detail. It is sufficient to read Rattray Taylor's The Doomsday Book. As a leading ecologist, Taylor shows, in terms we can all appreciate and understand, how easily the delicate balance of life and atmosphere can be disturbed, if not disastrously disrupted. He explains, for instance, how we might well bring down upon ourselves a "heat death" which would turn temperate Europe into an arid desert – if we do not first bring down a new ice-age. Either is easily possible, he warns, and within the life span of our children. The terrifying prospects he evokes make his book read like a horror story. But it is not fiction.

Ecologists know that our salvation lies in learning how to THINK WHOLENESS. This, however, is something we are not yet trained to do. Technology is quite incapable of it, the sense of wholeness being utterly contrary to its intrinsic character. If a new invention can be launched, it must go ahead, whatever the cost. If a new machine can fly faster, fly it must. Economics cannot think wholeness. And for our culture, the test of worth is economic – whether or not something pays. As long as profit remains a primary value, the mind cannot turn to wholeness. Besides, we have lived at least two centuries of intellectual rationalism, and have got so imbued with the experience of separation from the spirit that the very concept of "the One" is an alien, even laughable, metaphysic.

How, then, do we learn to think into wholeness? What constitutes the qualifications for doing so? The answer lies with those who have achieved initiation into higher knowledge, whose intuition has been so developed that – as seers and sensitives – they can blend thinking with the world processes and thereby expand consciousness to become one with the realms of spirit. What we are talking about is a totally new form of human mental activity, which can speak directly from the whole. It does not discourse about the spirit, but, through direct experience, issues from the spirit. This higher knowledge therefore provides a genuine touchstone as to what we may or may not legitimately do to the living planet. At the time of the first high-altitude nuclear tests, certain sensitives in this country cabled the President of the United States. They warned him that, by rending the etheric envelope of the atmosphere, we would grant access not only to dangerous radiations, but to dark and evil principles which would attack the very soul of man. Predictably enough, their advice was disregarded. Had it been accepted, we should have witnessed the kind of cooperation that is now even more necessary – cooperation between leading ecologists on the one hand and, on the other, those who can supplement scientific knowledge with spiritual wisdom. This would provide a gauge of how far we can afford to go in our treatment of the living earth. And meditation, too, can be an important adjunct to science if our planet is to be saved.

We have endeavoured to conceive of the earth as a sentient being, a living organism. We have seen what man, in quest of profit, has done to it. He has polluted the rivers, lakes and seas, filled the air with noxious fumes, recklessly destroyed the tree cover, poisoned the soil and – by his blind use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides – damaged the life cycle of the plant world. It would hardly be surprising if the living earth were to strike back in retribution! How long will this great being tolerate rape and desecration by the primary repository of intelligence on her surface? Man, who was entrusted the task of stewardship, has instead demonstrated only his greed and ignorance. To quote one paragraph from Dr. Schumacher's important book, Small is Beautiful:
We are violating the living body of the earth to which we belong, and she is writhing under our abuses. But earth is also part of a cosmos of living pulsating energies imbued with life. The whole is a great spiritual organism. We men are not each an isolated mind, but each a pulse of the universal mind experiencing the illusion of separation. Here is the factor we ignore in all our thinking. Communications from higher intelligences warn us that we will never solve our problems if we continue to think of the earth as an isolated unit in a huge dead mechanism of the universe. It is, rather, an integral and important facet of the greater pattern of consciousness, and there are energies now being released which can redeem the pollution we have produced. It is likely that we have gone so far in our evil and ignorant ways that repentance – the Greek word is "metanoia", which means "change of thinking" – cannot in itself repair the damage. We need, in other words, the aid of higher power. That power does exist and is alert to the crisis. In this fact lies our hope.

We cannot afford to ignore it. Roberto Vacca's book, The Coming Dark Age, warns of the appalling catastrophes that loom ahead, that are indeed inevitable if present trends continue unchecked. Nevertheless, we can aspire to the coming of a new age that will avert disaster. It may be a "near run thing", as Wellington said of Waterloo. The Creative Intelligence perhaps revels in games of brinksmanship. But there is still time, if only just enough – provided we can learn collaboration with the energies of light. We must conceive of them pouring invisibly over and around and through us. They are backed by the vitality of the creative source. They are alive and intelligent and filled with love. They can sweep away obstacles like a river in flood. When accepted by the instrument designed for their operation – namely the human being – they will bring vision and creative power.

The old society and the old methods are patently losing vitality. Eventually, they may simply run down, deteriorate and wither away. As this occurs, the new will manifest, precipitated into form by universal impulses working for harmony. There is ample energy to satisfy human needs, energy connected with the spiritual sun and therefore not fraught with the desperate dangers of nuclear power. Granted, we are in the throes of an energy crisis, but it contains a new, vital and as yet largely unacknowledged factor. New sources of fuel, conducive to our collective salvation, are working in close affinity with the Creative Intelligence of the universe. If we attempt to use these resources for greed, financial profit or war, the Creative Intelligence might well withdraw its influence and decline to cooperate. The result would be far greater chaos than that which surrounds us now.

For many rational minds, the possibility that must be confronted is a strange one. We may simply be compelled to admit that spiritual forces and beings are involved, and are a reality. If and when the prophesied changes begin, it may well prove necessary to explain to a frightened and bewildered public exactly what is happening. Television may prove to be a vehicle for something more important than facile entertainment; political and governmental authority may have to acknowledge the reality of beneficent spiritual powers from outside the planet. In consequence, a profound revolution in thinking could rapidly come about, once events begin to occur which cannot be explained away rationally. For we must remember that living ideas are continually penetrating our minds and breaking down old barriers of resistance, preconception and prejudice.

The prospect is not one of blind optimism which chooses to ignore contemporary trends and pretends that all is well. On the contrary, we must be fully cognisant of the appalling, even unthinkable, calamities which might overwhelm us if the present structure collapses. Yet we have a certain assurance – that though catastrophes descend, the influx of the transforming and vitalising energies of the New Age will quickly follow. "Operation Earth" is perfectly timed, and all is already known. Our great hope lies in the principle of a "Higher Command", intent on the work of universal harmony. It recognises the urgency. It recognises that never before was there such a drama. Our epoch is indeed a living saga or myth in which we are all involved and have a unique role to play. So bleak are the present prospects that we must strive to "think wholeness", in order that the ignored and neglected factor may be understood, and our forgotten and invisible allies brought into full operation. "Look up, for your redemption draweth nigh".

Through man came pollution. Through man, therefore, must come redemption from pollution. Man is the bridge between the two worlds, material and spiritual. Since he is the point of self-consciousness in the body of earth, he must be the instrument to channel the cleansing power of the light. Since he has freedom of choice, it is for him to determine whether, where and when that power shall flow. A reorientation of attitude within man will open the floodgates. First, however, he must see and understand his position in the very soul of the cosmos. Then he must take on himself the task of invoking the high energies of the forces of light. There must be no false modesty, no diffidence arising from a sense of inadequacy. We must, with all due humility, accept the responsibility of calling on the Creative Intelligence, which is God. The initiative lies with man. Nor does it require any inordinate numbers. All that is necessary is a diffusion, a dissemination of living energy, which will instantly permeate the whole organism of earth, like an injection into the bloodstream. But there must, as at the fall of Sodom, be a sufficient number of dedicated groups and individuals.

We must elicit an impulse from the spiritual which can transmute and activate every cell. It is a power that can BE in the whole universe and, simultaneously, within the core of each atom. And it is this same power of the Logos which, in nuclear fission or fusion, we release in a downwards negative direction, a direction that leads to uncontrolled destruction. Now we must learn to tap it creatively, by lifting consciousness into its supernal field. Only then can that which is polluted be redeemed. In The Form of the Fourth, Mary Fullerson suggests that elevated thinking will enable the individual so to enter and accept the fire of the spirit that physical cells will be transformed and rendered immune to the pollution of their environment. We must cultivate techniques of cleansing and catharsis, thus preparing ourselves to receive the "ordeal by fire". It then follows that the requisite power, by divine dispensation, will enter the very heart of matter to transmute and cleanse polluted earth, air and water by molecular change.

At present, it is as if our world were suffused by an anti-life impulse, a diabolical influence using the human vehicle to undermine the harmonious unity of existence on earth. The chief manifestation of this infernal factor is greed and the insatiable passion for profit. And the infernal factor will perpetuate its dominion as long as the primary motive for action remains economic advantage. Such motivation constitutes a pollution of mind and character, corresponding to that of the earth itself. On every level, then, the satanic forces are joined in battle with the spirit.

All our pollution problems must be tackled positively. We must cease committing acts which threaten life. We must also include in our programme, as a perfectly realistic and practical process, the channelling of love, light and spirit into the body of the Earth. In this way, we will inaugurate a chain reaction of healing against which the forces of pollution, decay and death will be unable to stand. It is with this vision, and supported by this power, that we must take our stand against that which desecrates our world.

Organic husbandry has recognised that the soil is a complex living organism, and that there is a cycle of life in plant growth – from seed through leaf and flower and back to humus and new seed. This cycle is interrupted and destroyed when artificial fertilisers are employed – quite apart from their propensity to decrease the soil's fertility. To understand all the implications involved, we must go further than the teachings of the Soil Association and recognise that elemental beings and nature spirits are indeed a reality. What our Celtic ancestors knew as "the little people" represent forces of living and creative intelligence working in the plant-world. Although they are non-corporeal beings, the "devas" are also the architects of plant design, and the nature spirits are the "craftsmen" working to fulfil the life cycle in individual plants. Modern clairvoyance is rediscovering the reality of the elemental world in nature, and there is increasing evidence that we can no longer afford to neglect its role.

Is it purely fanciful in these rationalistic times to speak again of the nature spirits? A single example may provide an answer to that question. At Findhorn, in Morayshire, a remarkable experiment in cooperation between man and the invisible worlds was undertaken – a New Age community in which all aspects of life were dedicated to serving the spirit and its purpose. At its inception in 1962, Peter Caddy, the founder and custodian of this now large and flourishing centre, settled on a caravan site amid barren windswept sand dunes which could only grow spiky grass and pine trees. With him were his wife, a very remarkable sensitive, and a friend with developed faculties of clairaudience.

According to "guidance" they received, they were to start growing vegetables – an apparently absurd enterprise, given the inhospitable soil and their lack of gardening experience. Perplexed, they turned to the devas and requested aid. In response, Dorothy received, almost instantaneously, a clear telepathic message. Acting upon the advice given them, they proceeded to their task. In three years, a thriving garden of glorious flowers, magnificent vegetables and abundant broad-leaved trees and shrubs was growing. Now, the sandy waste is utterly transformed and the garden is a veritable enchanted world of outstanding beauty. The quality of vegetables and plants is unsurpassable. And there is no explanation as to how the "miracle" occurred, except the claim of cooperation with the nature spirits. Certainly no artificial fertilisers were employed. Soil experts with long experience of organic husbandry investigated and declared that compost alone, in such an environment and in so short a time, could not possibly have brought about the transformation. The phenomenon simply cannot be explained away.

The implications of the Findhorn experience are of profound importance. In one of the devic messages to the Findhorn community, it was stated that "one garden can save a world". The whole unified field of consciousness of the nature spirits knew at once that a group of men had made contact, and was willing to cooperate with them. A response was forthcoming, demonstrating that such cooperation can indeed turn the deserts into blossoming gardens and purify the pollution of the planet. A similar fantastic adventure is open to us, if we choose to avail ourselves of the opportunity. The first step clearly requires spiritual vision, united with science and practical skill. But the path is hardly inaccessible. On the contrary, it was indicated in Rudolf Steiner's Biodynamic system of horticulture and agriculture; and, more recently, research in America has provided scientific demonstration of an astonishing sensitivity in plants, hitherto inconceivable. All these developments are surveyed in The Secret Life of Plants, by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird.

There is something fabulous about our relation to the plant world, as revealed by this new vision. It is as if a new realm of subtlety were opening before our eyes. It is becoming increasingly apparent that human thinking and emotion are integrally linked with the vegetable kingdom; and recent findings offer more and more testimony as to how crude our past dealings with nature have been. Once we believed we were battling to conquer nature. Now we are beginning to see that we are ourselves part of its delicate complex, intimately connected with all its domains.

To the "onlooker consciousness" of our intellectual age, man appeared a chance accident in a world of nature wholly indifferent to him. Now, with the discovery of the etheric field of vital forces working within every form as a complex unity, we find that we are a responsible factor in the working of the whole. On a more profound level, the entire sweep of evolution is reflected and experienced in us. This applies to our relations with the world of plants as well. We are now starting to see that the archetype of man was there from the beginning as a divine idea, and that it is reflected throughout the kingdoms of nature – as if every species were a specialised facet of the human organism. In one sense, we might indeed say that man has risen to his true manhood through the sacrifice of nature. From a larger and more spiritual perspective, however, it is obvious that we are nature and nature us.

We began this chapter with an imaginative picture of the earth from a viewpoint in the cosmos. Let us now return to that picture. Intuitive communications through friends in the beyond tell us that an etheric mantle of light is gathering around the earth from the finer and purer vibrations of the cosmos. "And I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth...". This field of subtle life-filled forces is to impregnate the whole earth, and the spirit of earth as a whole will rise to meet it. As that happens, human consciousness, an inseparable factor in the earth consciousness, will inevitably be lifted towards another dimension. Then there will be a blending in thought between those on both planes – embodied or disembodied – who are linked by the greater love. But we are warned repeatedly that there is no time to lose, since this extraordinary process is occurring now and the inconceivable blending of the timeless with time is already in process. In other words, the polluted world is being cleansed on the etheric level, and every man, in his freedom of choice, is invited to be a part of the event. Teilhard expresses this in his experience of the Mass on the World in "Hymn of the Universe":
Is this vision really just so much poetic fantasy? Is it nothing more than a mere "wild hope", in Teilhard's words, "that our earth is to be re-cast"?

We may answer that question with a brief summary of certain key points stressed in this chapter. To overcome pollution in all its aspects, the spiritual energies from the Cosmos must flow into the body of the Whole Earth, as well as into the bodies and souls of men. And man himself is the necessary link and instrument which will make all this possible. The redemptive flow has already begun, and its workings are apparent to those sufficiently developed to perceive it. Ultimately, nothing can stand against it.



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